Daily Life

Top 3 Things I Learned in Seattle

I recently went to visit a dear friend in Bremerton, WA. Basically, it’s a suburb of Seattle, via ferry. This dear friend of mine recently had a baby (WAY AHEAD OF ME by the way!) and I just had to go see her and the 6 week old little man. It was a great (yet short) trip and I quickly learned the following things:

3. You REALLY DO change diapers every hour. Mothers are not lying when they claim this! I witnessed first hand the never-ending cycle of feed, burp, nap, diaper change, repeat. Seriously…it never stops and that “nap” was like 15 minutes. Unless you’re in Seattle for the day in which case the baby will sleep non-stop and then terrify you for the night ahead.

2. Babies know when you are phoning it in. They want you to be bouncing them with full concentration. Anything less than full attention will end in baby crying.

1. I quickly learned how to hold baby and bounce them while drinking wine! These are the things any good friend would want to master. Go ahead…I know…I should get an award.

But with this face…I’d do just about anything. Except change a diaper…I managed to avoid that the entire time…go ahead…give me that award!

Loved meeting you little guy! Stay cute!!


Adventures in the Kitchen, Daily Life

An Anxious Girl’s Best Friend

I’ve decided to do a little detox cleanse (never-mind my previous post on the perfect iced coffee..I’ll deal with my caffeine addiction later!) and one of my main detox symptoms is anxiety. I can get so anxious! If you know me, that is not a shock.

While I was pregnant I had some of the craziest panic attacks of my life. It was a huge bummer because there is not a lot you can do when pregnant. I couldn’t just pop a xanax! So my midwife suggested Passionflower and Skullcap.

I put a full dropper of each in a small glass (nothing better than a whiskey glass when detoxing!) and mix with cold water. I drink this about 3 times a day. I could probably use less if I dropped the caffeine. Baby steps…baby steps.

If you know of any other treatments for anxiety…let me know! I’m all ears 🙂


Blogging, Daily Life

Thank You Thich Nhat Hanh

I’ve been listening and studying Thich Nhat Hanh’s audio lecture Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness. He is truly inspiring and his constant state of mindfulness is so humbling. I highly recommend this audio recoding to anyone who wishes to deepen (or start!) their meditation practice.

I love a good mantra to think of when meditating. I have never heard this one before but it moved me greatly:

IN BREATH: I am still waters

OUT BREATH: I reflect things as they truly are

You can shorten it you want to:


OUT BREATH: Reflecting.

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Adventures in the Kitchen

Warm Weather = Cold Coffee

I’ve mentioned this iced coffee recipe before…but I don’t feel bad about repeating myself! You need to try this coffee. Now that the warm weather has started, I’m ready for my coffee on ice!

I’m not going to lie and say my love for iced coffee is unconditional. That would be a lie. My love for iced coffee is VERY conditional!

Things I Look For in an Iced Coffee:

  1. It needs to be cold! (Although this should be a given for an “iced” coffee) but I think we all are familiar with the lukewarm coffee with melting ice cubes floating on top. No thanks!
  2. It needs to be strong.
  3. I want to be able to sweeten it however I want.

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